AN EVENT that usually attracts thousands is promising the best food, art, drink and music when it returns to the New Forest.

Burley Festival will be held next month and organisers say they are “fully refreshed” after a two-year haitus forced by Covid.

It attracted more than 12,500 visitors in its first year and will run between May 27 and 29.

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“As ever, our aim is the same - to celebrate the very best in local food, art, drink and music,” said festival organiser Marianne Brown of Mojo Events.

“For locals and visitors alike, Burley Festival a jam-packed weekend of artisan produce, artistic expression and some fantastic local music talent, whether it's a day out the whole family can enjoy or an affordable weekend away in the beautiful New Forest.”

The New Forest's top artisan food and drink producers will showcasing their wares on Deer Street, and there will be a brand-new organic, vegan and veggie corner.

As well as a full menu of locally crafted ales, ciders, wines, gins and cocktails in the festival bars, the OUTside INN or the Burley local bar will be open.

The main Haystack Stage will host some of the area's finest jazz, blues, soul and funk bands with more acoustic sounds from the In’Tree’Ducing Stage with its beautiful old oak tree backdrop.

Behind the tree, visitors can discover the” magical Mystic Tree area” where moments of peace are guaranteed.

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Younger visitors will find the Lil Scrumpers designated kids’ zone is the place to be for free workshops, storytelling and face painting, as well as trampolines and castles.

Meanwhile, the Forest Craft Emporium is home to local makers offering free workshops for children and adults.

Burley Festival's chosen charity this year is MyTime Young Carers, the Poole-based charity that aims to provide support for young carers wherever there is a need.

Tickets are available now at

Visitors are welcome to bring blankets, cushions, folding chairs, but are not permitted to bring their own food and drink into the festival site.

Camping is an option, but spaces are limited.


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